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the official deadline of u.s. combat operations in iraq, and the >> jennifer davis in washington, d.c. tonight with what it means for the nation and how republicans are reacting. >> the president said that even as u.s. combat operations end in iraq, america's commitment will continue. still he said thattit is ime to turn the pagg. from a combat mission to a diplomatic one. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. >> after more than seven years -f war, president obama formally declares the end of the u.s. combat faze in iraq. he thanked troops for sacrifiie anddservvce and said august 31, 2010 marks a milestone in recent -> in this war, is not only in iraq's interest, but it is in our own. the u.s. is paid a huge price t3 put the future of iraq, in the hands of its people. >> the pressdent explained that a u.s. presence of 50,000 troops will remain in iraq for support and counter terrorism tracking. he acknnwledged that he and former president george w. ush agreed about the war from the start ut caaled the predecessor a patriot and spoke by phone. and he entioned the fragile economy, saying reso
is concerned. the locals were saying, it is teasing us. we will hang out and see what happens, until they run us off the island of. >> evacuation orders or already in effect and some are expected later today. as far north as massachusetts, many are not waiting for orders, pulling boats from the water and preparing to ride out the storm. >> i will be in the basement if need be. we have plenty of supplies. >> the entire east coast now anxiously awaiting hurricane earl. if officials will meet later discussed the possibility of evacutations and to continue to prepare for earl. >> you can track earl by logging on to the weather page of wbaltv.com. our team coverage continues later on today with live reports from ocean city. they begin at 5:00 p.m. >> a neighborhood is on edge in anne arundel county. a woman was sexually assaulted. jennifer franciotti has more on this disturbing story. >> police have been handing out fliers and asking for the public's health to find the man that raped an elderly woman. a man broke into it will install on monday. once inside, they say he raped the victim then fled t
, the sea breeze giving us some ice conditions out here. really comfortable low humidity, and folks are able to enjoy themselves -- nice conditions out here. we have the mayor of ocean city joining us. we talked last hour and there were some things you wanted to point out. a lot of people are wondering, should i come down, and when? you are telling folks definitely come down, but may be planted out a little bit crude >> just common sense. it looks like the storm will arrive sometime friday morning and pushed through here friday afternoon. is moving pretty quickly and should be out of here late friday afternoon. after that, this is the kind of whether we can expect not long after that. we encourage everyone to plan to continue to come to ocean city, just wait until the event is passed. later on friday, early saturday morning to you should not have any problems at all. >> the national weather service issuing a tropical storm warning for this area. what precautions are you taking? another you are taking it seriously, but we are not talking about evacuation's here, just being prepared. >> we are
one jewelry distributor said it could be worth more than $50,000. >>> stay with us. we have much more still ahead, your weather, traffic and stop stories as fox 5 morning news at 5:00 begins now. >>> start you off with a look at hurricane earl this morning continuing to take aim at the eastern seaboard. evacuations are beginning in parts of north carolina and the hurricane could ruin labor day weekend plans for million of people including people right here in our region. >> let's take a look at exactly how things are shaping up for us here on this wednesday more than, september 1st. a live look at our nation's capital to get you started on this wednesday. >>> good morning, everybody. thank you for joining us. i'm gurvir dhindsa. >> i'm steve chenevey. thank you for being with us. let's say good morning to tucker barnes with a look at what is happening here. >> good morning. just getting the latest on earl. maximum winds down to 125 miles per hour. that is a category three hurricane. still a major hurricane. very dangerous. it will be approaching the mid- atlantic here during the
to get you started today at 6:00. we are glad you're with us early i'm gurvir dhindsa. >> i'm steve chenevey. thank you for being with us. let's talk about earl a little bit more now. evacuations are already under way in north carolina this morning as hurricane earl approaches the east coast. officials ordered all tourists to leave okracoke island starting at 5:00 a.m. this morning. the island's year-round residents are being asked to leave but they do not have to follow the evacuation order. >>> the scene was pretty peaceful along north carolina's outer banks yesterday but the storm is expected to range bring high winds and rains to the area by late thursday, early friday. all right, tuck. we are preparing for what is going on there. just hot for us here. >> mid-90s again in the forecast here. the big change from last night when most people went to bed, hurricane watch now issued for the virginia coastline in addition to most of the north carolina. got a map to show you. we'll take another quick look at earl. surf city, north carolina to paramour island, that is under a hurricane w
. iraqi forces are there for training and not fighting. sarah simmons joins us with more. >> reporter: the president didn't claim victory but did declare an end to combat missions in iraq. from the oval office the president said the united states paid a huge price. now operation new dawn begins for troops and diplomats who remain in iraq. >> the country appreciates you, i appreciate you. and the most -- the most pride i take in my job is being your commander-in-chief. >> reporter: the message from president obama to u.s. troops is resonating overseas. >> it's a good feeling and a feel of of accomplishment that i did my part as well as many soldiers before me and soldiers now and you just have a sense that you left something much better than you found it. >> reporter: as the training continues, president obama delivered an oval office speech announcing a change in the mission. >> if we remove nearly 100,000 u.s. troops from iraq. we've closed or transferred to the iraqis hundreds of bases. and we have moved millions of pieces of equipment out of iraq. this completes a transition to ira
who is on the scene, live in silver springs to bring us up-to-date. >> this is a very dynamic and developing situation. we are getting ready news. authorities giving a news conference at this very moment. it appears that three hostages since i have just been released safely. authorities are telling us exactly what happened with the gunman. the had been negotiating with him for the last four hours. terrifying moments as a gunman carrying what looked like a bomb took hostages inside the sprawling discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. >> he came in, he was wearing what appeared to be metallic canister devices on his front and back. he also pulled a handgun out and was waiting a handgun. >> but most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue what is happening until they were being evacuated. >> a little confusing, a little scary, not really sure what was happening. >> the man was carrying what looked like a disk -- an explosive device. >> we are going under the assumption that it could be explosive devices. >> the building also has its own da
is telling me. >> perhaps the better thing will be to watch us instead getting information from your mom. the key here is paying attention in the next 24 hours if indeed you do have plans to head out to one of the local beaches this labor day weekend because as we know from this past weekend those rip currents can be very dangerous and very deadly when you have waves of this size farther out in the ocean. back to you, peggy. >> thanks so much, kristen. you can keep track of earl and any other tropical systems that develop by logging onto wusa9.com. click on weather to download our free hurricane tracker. >>> police in amsterdam are questioning two possible terror suspects after airline security discovered they packed some bizarre travel items, but the u.s. does not believe this was a dry run for a possible attack. a passenger on a united airlines' flight used his cell phone to record dutch police arresting the two. the men triggered a security scare after they found suspicious items in his bag. inside seven cell phones, one bound to a bottle of pepto- bismol. >> anytime anybody's got a
're in ocean city with the latest on conditions and preparations for that storm. scott, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, just like howard, the emergency managers at ocean city's emergency operations center are watching the forecast carefully. they're going to take a look at the midday forecast in a 1:00 meeting today and likely at the meeting they will make decisions here at ocean city along maryland's coast about whether or not to ratchet up the level of preparedness. right now they're preparing for the worst and hope for the best, as howard was just suggest, the stormtrack looks like it will be taken off the coast but the cone of indecision in those forecasts does cover ocean city so they are going to prepare for that today. right now, they're talking about the possibility of tropical storm force wind for a period of time on friday. some big sur of and maybe 2 or 3 inches of rain. they're hoping the storm will be moving very quickly and that will minimize the chance of serious beach erosion. one of the big problems they dealt with here last weekend with hurricane danielle, several
.ú ú%-nything overhead.ar not nothing but clear skies. that will be the day and too3 bring us all kinds of sunshine. average around the area. we will get to 93 degrees by noon and 95 at 6:00 p.m. after ú%between 3 and 4:00 thiss33es what do the roads look like as we head out this morning? lauren ccoke has the trafffc edge.3 >> reporterr in addition to -lear skies we have clear roaddays. as we take a live look at the northeast corrrdor, you ill ú%e whitemarsh area.o report in here is south of 695.ú you're looking at a 4-minute ttip itt a speed of 64 miles3 per hour. once you hhp on the beltway, no problems from 85 to 83, you''e looking at an 11-miiute trip with an average speed of 54 miles per hour. to 95, you're looking attan 795, 11-minute trip wiih an averageú speed of 55 miles per hour. ttat's a live look at the traffic edge. back to you. >>> hurricane earl hasn't even hittthe u.s. coastllne yet and already he is putting a big daaper on holiday vacation plans. meean gilliland is ive from he port of baltimore where many people are having a change of plaas. >> reporter: good
we are glad you are joining us at 5:00 on this wednesday morning, i am alison starling. . >> i am pamela brown. we begin with traffic and weather. first, a meteorologist at caskey. >> today will be a lot like the past couple days, high pressure system in place. sunny and hot, but not oppressively humid. hurricane earl is a category 3, downgraded. it will have little to no impact on our local weather this friday and into the weekend. on the beaches there could be some impact mainly with the higher service and dangerous wind conditions. first, a lot of sunshine today, 95 degrees. starting out in the '60s in the suburbs, 76 downtown. >>> we are in great shape. 95 in and of baltimore, construction should be gone on the beltway, 66. noel loureece on 66 outside the beltway. heading south to richmond between fredericksburg and richmond after the thornburgh exit, yesterday's bill was an accident with a truck that went off the road. it was loaded with tyres and the tires caught on fire. there brushfires and the right lane is still blocked. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story this
am pamela brown. great to have you with us. time for traffic and weather every ten minutes. we start with meteorologist adam caskey. we have an update. >> it is a category 3 storm, downgraded. on the high end of a category three. maximum sustained winds of 125 miles an hour. it is 70 degrees in springfield, 68 in gainesville, 67 in upper marlboro. total sunshine again today, just like yesterday, 95 degrees. not oppressively humid. air quality little better today, "orange. tomorrow it will be the 59th 90-degree day. >>> slow traffic on 95 in virginia northbound at the prince william parkway. we are going to see if there is any delay for news choppers 7. -- newschopper 7. baltimore washington parkway. leaving and going into laurel, it is nothing but volume. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story, a bracing for hurricane earl. an hour ago the storm was downgraded to a category three. if it is still on track to skirt the east coast. state leaders up and down the atlantic are not taking chances. today virginia will go into emergency mode to prepare for whatever it could bring. court
waves. locally we've got a nice day, sunny, hot. the pollution levels bring us up to a code red. not the best day to be outdoors. the haze will build, guaranteed high of 95 degrees. let's toss to kim brown. >> thanks. we've been off to a good start traffic-wise, not a lot going on. we have some downed wires in the phoenix-monkton area at old york road and glen berry court. police should provide a detour. in problems in materials of drive times, no delays from 795 to 70. 95 southbound looking good between white marsh and the beltway. the harbor tunnel is clear. the beltway top side at 83, some volume starting to build, traffic managing to move at a nice speed. back to you. >> all the usual suspects, bowley's quarters, ellicott city, fells point, half half -- havre de grace. >> we're on talbot street. many places in maryland are talking about how to be prepared for severe weather. down in annapolis, people there are just trying to make sure that their boats are okay. hurricane earl is occurring as annapolis is hosting the 44th annual race week. race officials say if tides and wind
'm megan pringle. thanks for joining us. justin is headed down there to check everything out as we keep an eye on earl. >> the hard thing is if you have a place down there, you wonder ooh. >> earl is down to a category 3. i want to make one point clear. the most common question i've had so far this week, i want to answer. this is not isabelle. by any stretch of the imagination, a completely different storm. isabelle chugged inland, pushed surge up the bay. this one stays out to sea. around the bay and baltimore, not much of an impact, a close pass on the east coast, already watches and warnings posted for virginia through north carolina, and we'll be watching our close approach to ocean city thursday night and friday. beyond that labor day weekend looking cooler but looking nice. here we go. tropical satellite showing us where it is, east of the turks and northeast of the turks and caicos and bahamas islands. we'll have the latest update in just a few minutes. taking you back home, a quiet sea, clearing and calm on the satellite and radar, across maryland. temperatures ranging from 70 i
complete coverage continues with derek valcourt. he is at the scene. he joins us live, via the phone. >>> there is a lot of tension. obviously, a lot of questions for employees of discovery communications who want to know exactly what is going on inside their building. many people were at work around 1:00 this afternoon, when an announcement came over the loud speaker, telling them to make themselves secure in their office. then a massive e-mail went out, at about 1:20, warning them to lock themselves down in their office. if there was some potential danger in the building. another e-mail went out at about 1:52, trying to explain to employees how they would be able to get out. all of the employees were taken up to the top floor of the 7th, 8th, and 9th floor of the building. and then they were all escorted out a fire escape. right now, police are here on the scene. they are briefing the media. i'll have an update for you in just a few moments. >> derek valcourt, reporting live from the phone. the discovery is a very busy section of silver spring. bruce johnson filed this report a sho
to loss strength as it moves north, but officials are still arning that %-the u.s. because of the severe flooding. you should expect that there's go to be pounding rain, some high winds and very daagerous waves out there ii the coming days. livv frrm theport o!! the port , megan gilliland.3 fox 45 mor 45 morning news. >>> he marrlaad emergency agency is keepinn an eye on joel d smith is live ith the latest preparations. good morning, joel. >> repprter: good morning. patrice. they're looking at a lot of different maps. ú%en though ttis unlikell to come to our area here, and maybe not even hii the eastern shore so bad, you ggt to beeready. we have talked bout what youú should. we have is the ssuff laid out here right now. let's get to ed, and see what are you seeing onnthe most >> the most recent maa is keeping it 200 ilee out to sea. we will have issues with surf at ocean city and we will have ppoblems with swimming and we will have further problems this weee. -nd some issues with small coastal flooding.ú >> reporter: let's go through it quickly. winter or the hurricane, you're s
, old york road closed at glen berry court because of downtown wires, use jarrettsville pike. a disabled vehicle at 543 and 22 in bel air, police on the scene. back to you. >>> hopefully we'll be safe and found and people will be able to come to the beach. but if necessary, i'll close my gates and put some sandbags in front of them and hope for the best. i think we'll be okay though. >> in ocean city, business owners are prepping for hurricane earl's potential punch. this morning he's a category 3 storm packing winds up to 135 miles per hour. we're keeping an eye on this. it changes constantly, as weather does. >> we're there in ocean city now, we're going stay put, we'll have up to the-minute forecast on abc2news.com. tomorrow we'll start our live team coverage from the beach, 5:00 tomorrow night until earl passes us by. >>> in glen burnie on country club drive, some guy in his 20s breaks into a home and sexual assaults an 83-year-old woman. neighbors as you can imagine extremely worried about this. abc 2's linda so says police are on it. linda? >> cops are boosting their presence in th
real soon as kristen's been telling us. in seven minutes we'll get a live report from naghead. you can track earl and other hurricanes the home page at wusa9.com. >>> police barricade situation in walkersville, maryland is over. the man inside the home is being checked out of the hospital. the standoff ended just after midnight over seven hours after it began. officers entered the room where the man was held up. they found himlying in a bathroom in need of medical assistance. it all started yesterday evening when maryland state police received a call about a man threatening himself and others. >>> new this morning the secretary of defense is in iraq in, robert gates is there meeting with u.s. troops about their new role. it comes hours after president obama addressed the nation. he said our combat role in iraq is over. >> the united states has paid a huge price to put the future of iraq in the hands of its people. we have sent our young men and women to make enormous sacrifices in iraq. and spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home. >> the president said he spo
on doubt tape used on kristi. >> fiber evidence is what i think is important. >> reporter: there was more, incriminati incriminating pornography found on his computers the pictures he was looking at home was mirroring that he was doing to his victims. >> male dominating the victim. >> reporter: how disappointing was it that it was their own? >> to go to the victims and say it was one of my own that did this to you it's pretty devastating. >> reporter: sergeant jeff pelo went on trial in may 2008 the most damaging testimony came from his victims. >> i do think his biggest mistakes he chose the wrong women to assaults. the women he survived his attacks were willing to stand up and say what happened. >> reporter: after six weeks the jury returned a damning verdict, guilty on 35 counts of rape, kidnapping and stalking. 25 of those countries for the attack on sarah. he was sentenced to 440 years, one of the longest sentences in illinois history. >> i thought it was important to have this -- to have him be accountable. >> reporter: pelo's wife. >> i felt badly for the victims. i really do. but
. labor day weekend will turn out beautiful. many of us are doing the races around will region with cooler temperatures and drier weather. we'll take you to the south where foyer about a day and a half we maintain a category four strength that is a rarity for a storm. but it probably peaked out and went through an eye wall replacement psychocontext the eye is looking healthy this morning, about zero, five myers across. a solid shape of the storm. but you can see it's eroded away on the south side a little bit. some wind share has started to impact the storm. and you'll get more of that as it rolls up the coast. the 120-mile-an-hour sustained winds and expected to be off the coast of the carolinas. still a category three storm and watch it pull away from the shore lines. typically the storms do mimic the coastline. and once they start hitting the outer banks they start pulling away. and it is ocean city and the delaware beaches and up to new england and nova scotia will have a problem this weekend as well. we have light winds at five miles an hour. we'll take you off the coast of delaware.
hours..3 >> do not let the people come at night. close down.3úus. >> hurricane danielle caused the dangerous rip tides this past weekend. lifeguards had to perform, >> the entire state of maryland prepares for the worst, from hurricane earll >> hat is the iggest threat become late thursday intt friday, what's our -- what's he big danger here? >> governor o'maaley held a teleconferenceeearliir today. coordinating with mema, power companies and other state agencies. >> businesses in ocean city, often rely on the labor day weekend for the last big booot in sales. along the boardwalk, many offthe ú%sinesses that depend on the summer crowds for the yearlyy3 income, are watching hurricane earl's progress. they hope the usual holiday be -eekend crowds are not scared >> well, we are helping for a lot of people, a lot of a littll worried about theerain. but, you know, if people have booked their vacations, hopefully they will continue to >> many hotels are usually sold out on sunny labor day week. with he storm bearing down, business owners worrr that customers may cancel the reser
buildings and many of us are doing this now that we're in the new reality. >> there is a different vantage point of "discovery" there in the middle of silver springs. people, employees, who evacuated there quickly about 1:00, 130, after all of this started, still some waiting to get back in. we understand that the police have units and making sure there are no other dangerous explosives. this suspect was believed to have brought in boxes and backpacks with him and they're checking those out and probably canvassing the entire building to make sure that it is safe before people go back inside to collect some of their valuable that they need. >> and there is no timetable for this because their job is to make sure the building is safe and not to make sure people can come in, get their purse and keys and get their cars. so this could be something that goes on for some time as well. we heard from the battalion chief from montgomery county, they're literally going to go floor to floor, room to room, to try to identify any potentially dangerous items. and if they come across something, it is their
hurricane earl with us online. our a hurricane tractor shows the past and its potential to brush ocean city. that is on wbaltv.com. we have a school closing to pass along to parents. baltimore county schools will close two hours early today because of the heat. crews are on the scene of a building collapse and west baltimore to it happened just before 11:00 at west baltimore street. no reports of any injuries. a building inspector as been requested and bge will shut off utilities. and anne arundel county neighborhood is on edge as police search for a man who sexually assaulted an 83-year- old woman. he broke into her house on monday morning and once inside the home, they say he raped the victim and flooded the area. police are looking for a white male in his early 20s. right now they only have of a description -- havea vague description. >> have lighting in place, always a deterrent to criminals. any dates, windows, make sure you -- lock thoseyou gates -- gates, windows, make sure you luck to those. >> another motion to exclude evidence and the prosecution of three men charged in the murde
evacuated. >> moments ago, police alerted us that that guy did die from his gunshot wounds. we are hoping to have more information. meanwhile, downtown silver spring, a chaotic mess. in and out of the downtown area here have been closed as police deal with this situation. they're still in the building. checking out any further possible incendiary device. >> it operates cable and satellite net works in the united states including tlc. >>> complete coverage continues with sky eye chopper 13. and captain mike perry live above the scene for us. >> we heard derek say that the suspect had been shot. the police armored personnel was facing the opposite direction a few moments ago. we saw three tactical officers walk into the building. we did not sigh anyone that looked like a civilian or hostage, walk out from this side. and this is the georgia avenue side. it is unclear at this point where police have evacuated those hostages. apparently still an ongoing situation. because whatever the man had strapped to him, they are treating as if it were a potential explosive device. and that is why they ar
tell us lee has taken a small number of hostage on the first floor but there are conflicting reports of what's actually happening inside. children from a daycare on the ground floor of the building were taken out. the montgomery county police chief says most of the 1900 employees in the building are now out. but some on the upper floors were told to stay at their desks and turn out the lights. they have reports of one shot fired in the lobby. their focus is to get lee out of the building safely. >> at this point still negotiating with him trying to get him to release the hostage and surrender peacefully. >> reporter: several media outlets are reporting lee is an environmentalist angry at discovery because their shows aren't doing enough to protect the planet. he was arrested during a protest at the building in 2008. >> thanks josie we'll stay on top of that. hurricane earl you are looking at a live picture from ocean city. looks pretty calm now but earl spun toward the east coast driving tourist from north carolina and threatening to bring damaging winds and waves to the atlantic
complete coverage continues now. captain mike perry is over the scene for us. mike, can -- what can you tell us, the situation just ending. >> yeah, we just heard that. we didn't notice anything significant until we heard derek say the suspect was shot. we saw three tactical officers walk into the front of the building. we did not see anyone that looked like a civilian or a hostage walk out from this side. and this is the georgia avenue side. it is unclear at this point where police have evacuated those hostages. apparently still an ongoing situation. because whatever the man had strapped to him, they are treating as if it were a potential explosive device. and that is why they are keeping everything cordoned off at this point. we have seen no -- [ inaudible ] especially if they weren't wearing tactical gear, walk toward the building. what you're seeing now is retie -- pretty much staut status quo. police holding here. the tactical unit and bomb squad continues to do their job. back to you on tv hill. >> thank you, captain mike perry, reporting live. the armed gunman, again, has been sh
, as that storm passes by as a major storm. now, the time frame for us is going to be more so thursday night into friday. then it's really going to kick ought of here to the east, eventually. but the latest we have to update you on is take a look at this pink area. hurricane watch goes into effect as the storm is approaching us in the next day or so. for more on this, here is tim. >> what we have been doing, of course, bernadette, showed you the latest track. we have been talking about the consistency also of the model. this is what we called the spaghetti plot. it is basically many different models, compiled to show you the different consistencies of the path, where it is expected to move. the other models all have this, moving right on up the east coast, as bernadette mentioned, and moving out to sea. but the consistency here and the collaborative thinking, between all of the models is that it definitely will be moving through. and again, that time frame will be friday into saturday. the beaches all along the east coast, from the outer banks right on up into new england. we need to really
to the u.s. combat in iraq officials today. obama was quick to point out that this was not a victory speech. >> the president's speech from the oval office last about 15 minutes. thousands watch as he made the monumental announcement, including those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the years since the war began. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. >> as the president made the formal announcement, hundreds of hundreds -- hundreds of thousands of homeless and intently, including rosemarie in baltimore. >> i will probably cry tonight. they will be tears of joy and tears of sadness. >> her son was killed october 15, 2005. he had been there for two months when his hummer was hit by an 18-wheeler and exploded. >> i do not want any parent or any family to have to endure the hurt that i have. it is like it happened yesterday. >> the president focused great deal on what still needs to be done in iraq and afghanistan. 50,000 troops will stay in iraq until the end of 2011. >> advising and assisting the iraqi security forces, supporting iraqi troops in counter-terrorism missions. >> rose marie said
and wind but we're taking every step to prepare as if it's a major hurricane that hits us. >> reporter: hurricane earl has annapolis on stand by. they are hosting race week, that brings hundreds of boats to the area, but of course officials will keep a close eye on the weather, if there's extreme high winds, then of course they will make other arrangements. reporting live in downtown baltimore. >>> emergency management officials have advice for people planning to head to ocean city for the labor day weekend. stay out of the water. waves could reach 15 feet on friday. trent sprinkle found himself in a rip current. >> i started to get tired. i saw the lifeguard. maybe he could help me. >> lifeguards made hundreds of rescues over the weekend because of rip currents from hurricane danielle, and they are still at it this week. it's only going to get worse. >>> some baltimore county residents are bracing themselves for potential high winds, flooding, all from hurricane earl. in september 2003 hurricane isabel hit maryland as a tropical storm causing extensive flooding destroying almost 300 h
of the explosive devises on him went off as well. >> 9 news now at 7:00 starts right now. please stay with us. >>> a man storms the discovery channel building in silver spring, taking three hostages. >> we heard two gunshots. >> like pop, pop, something like that, but higher pitched kind of. >> reporter: and after a nearly four-hour standoff, tonight that gunman is dead. >>> i'm derek mcginty live at the corner of solesville road and wayne avenue in silver spring, maryland, where it's been a very long day which ended with the shooting of that hostage-taker. a man named james lee walked into the discovery building and perhaps fired a shot. we are waiting for confirmation on that. he took three hostages and held them for four hours and then police opened fire and killed him. delia gonsalves has been here with me much of the afternoon. she gives us more on the details on how it went down. >> it has been a very chaotic day. a lot of questions are still unanswered at this point but we do know thankfully that the three hostages, all men, who were held by the gunman for nearly four hours are now hom
with more with abc 2 news. stay with us. . >>> all up and down the eastern seaboard are bracing as hurricane earl continues to blaze its way toward the cold front. good evening i'm roosevelt leftwich. north carolina has declared a state of emergency tonight. pristine beaches and crash of breathtaking waivers up and down the atlantic coastline can expect for the next few days. earl is expected to make his way to maryland. north carolina looks like his first stop. that's where t. j. is on hurricane earl's path a holiday weekend for many could go up in the wind. >> reporter: pristine beaches and the crash of breathtaking waves belies what millions up and down the atlantic coastline can expect for the next few days. hurricane earl a massive category 3 storm looms 700 miles south southeast of cape hatteras is on track to brush against the north carolina shoreline late tomorrow or early friday more than, it will then blow northward toward new england. >> it will be faithing end to a summer. >> reporter: for those hoping to close out the summer season basking in the sun earl is a ga
hurricane, very closely. earl makes his way towards us. he's still on track to sideswipe the east coast, with hurricane watches for north carolina and virginia. evacuations are under way in north carolina this morning. sam is there. and we'll have the very latest for us this morning. >> it moved a little east overnight. still a serious threat. >>> our other top story, the president's address from his new oval office last night. saying after seven years of war in iraq, it's time to turn the page and focus on fixing our economy at home. the official handover ceremony takes place in baghdad today. 50,000 troops will remain in iraq. nearly 100,000 in afghanistan. we'll speak with the vice president about what comes next. >>> and a stunning end to the alaska senate race. republican lisa murkowski concedes the race to joe miller, in what may be one of the biggest upsets in the 2010 election. >> the tea party showing so much strength in the republican primaries. >>> we want to get straight to hurricane earl. it's been almost 20 years since a storm this massive threatens such a large portion of
am okay. another quote they are openeding us away from the bidding guy has explosives and hostage in lobby not sure if there is more than one. one reported enfants being rolled out to a mcdonald's across the street. after four hours the ordeal was over. with the explosive device it could be much worse. >> that's a pretty busy area what's the scene like right now? >> reporter: right now if you can see behind me, this is a news conference going on. you can see a how lot of curious onlookers. right now it is a scene of curiosity. earlier today it was a scene of organized chaos. as police and others escorted children from the daycare center there rolling cribs over to the mcdonald's behind me. other people were escaping in the end the government only had three hostages with him that effort to get everybody out of the building was apparently successful. >> thank you very much. remember 24 hours a day you can sign up for breaking news alerts by logging on to abc2news.com your source for breaking news. >> >>> it would be a fitting end to a great summer a little hurricane at the beach
, but officials are still warning that it coold trigger evacuations in the u.s. ú%cause of severe flooding. stay with fox 45 morning news ffr contiiuing coverage of hurricane earl. we will bring you the latest on earl's ttack in all of our news tracks. -e will have reports from ocean cityystarting tonight on fox 45 news aa 10:00. >>> an anne arundel county is on alert after police say a masked3 man sexually assaulted an 83-year-old woman.3 the suspect broke into the woman's homeein country club estates in glen burnie and attacked her. he then fled on foot but not before fleedinggwhat is believed to be the victim's coat in a neighborrs backyard. ittfrom underneath of her. maybe he was afraid thereewas evidence on it. >> police are looking for a white man in his early 200. he is described as having a large build. in the meaatime, they have alss stepped up atrols in the community. >>> a woman is accused of sexually abusing an 8 years old wooann several sex assault charges along with possessiin of child pornography. thh mother turned her into the deputy sheriff deputiessafter finding a pornographic
. the three hostages he was holding inside are safe and thank you for joining us tonight on the news edge at 6. >> the news edge at 6 starts right now. >> one bullet from a police sniper. that took the life and that shot rang out an hour ago and some sort of explosive device went off. >> that's right, james lee took hostages, he was waiving a hand bomb and had two pipe bombs. all of the hostages are safe and our team coverage has the latest. >> reporter: one thing we heard interestingly frommion mccarthy there is that that probation period that -- ended two weeks ago and we have a mug shot to show you two years ago, when he was arrested on disorderly conduct charges outside of discovery headquarters and there is his mug shot. he was in the middle of the a weeklong, 12-day protest and basically saying he was trying to get them to save the planet. he was charged and found guilty, acted at his -- as his own attorney and said his goal was to change the programming on the network of broadcasting channels. there he is at a more peaceful protest two years ago and we have youtube video of something t
in our area. thank you for being up early with us. i'm gurvir dhindsa. let's go straight over to tucker to find out more about our weather. >> it will be another hot one today. our highs yesterday were back in the mid-90s. we'll do it again today. temperatures outside here in washington, we're back into the summertime temperatures. 77degrees right now in downtown washington. 74 at patuxent naval air station. 68 out at dulles. 66 at fed rick. a little better here off to the north and west. winchester, 66 degrees. changes from yesterday, not much of any. we'll have sunny skies today. just a cloud or two in the forecast and a possibility that, as we get into the afternoon, our winds will shift out of the south that. will increase the humidity around here a little bit. other than that, this forecast will remain the same. off to the south and east is earl and that will start to impact our weather as we get into the daytime hours tomorrow. let's worry about today first. 95degrees your daytime high. code orange air quality today. more details on the forecast. we'll look at earl in just a minut
also revealed to us that -- that he may have pulled out a gun and pointed at one of the hostages and that is what prompted police to shoot him in front of the discovery communications building. we have been following this situation all day long. he is live now in the newsroom. >> you talk about what the police chief just referenced. it people at discovery were familiar with james j. lee. perhaps they had no idea that he would take it to this extent. but as they scoured the internet and read the long list of demands that he had written of discovery, his distaste for discovery certainly had been growing. >> on his myspace page, an ominous looking photo with the caption, i am ready to do something. james j. lee seemed poised for a dramatic act and it would not be his first grade in 2008, commotion outside the discovery channel headquarters after he was handing out fliers that offered $200,000 in property forever could put up with an idea that would -- for a tv show that would help save the planet. >> there is a crazy man handing out money. >> he was arrested for disorderly conduct a
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